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Update: Fountaintown man killed in Sunday shooting; funeral information

The name of the shooting victim from a Sunday night incident has been released by the Shelby County Sheriff's Department.  


Joseph A. Harris 39, of Fountaintown, was declared dead at the scene.


No other details have been released in this ongoing investigation.


Below is the original Shelby County Sheriff's Department release on the Sunday incident.


This is the obituary notice for Joseph Harris submitted by Mrphy-Parks


Joseph A. “Joe” Harris, 39, of Fountaintown passed away Sunday, January 10, 2021 at his residence.


He was born October 5, 1981 in Anderson, to Bruce A. Harris and Christina A. (Matthews) Epperson.


Joe attended Morristown Jr/Sr High School.  He enjoyed listening to music, especially Rock N Roll. 

Two of his favorite pastimes were racing and playing video games.  He loved playing sports in his younger years and watching games as he got older.


Joe will be greatly missed by his mother, his sister, Nikki Collins (Darrell Baker) of Greenfield; his step-brother Danny Epperson (wife, Brandi) of Gwynneville; his niece, Mackenzie Collins; his nephews, Dreyton Epperson, Wesley Collins, and Darrell Baker III.  Joe is also survived by his maternal grandmother, Pam Matthews, his uncles, Jeff Matthews, Jason Matthews, and Jamie Matthews (wife, Jennifer), his aunt, Pam Matthews, his former brother-in-law, Ryan Collins, and several cousins.


He was preceded in death by his father, Bruce, his paternal grandparents, and his maternal grandparents.


A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.


Funeral Directors, Greg Parks, Sheila Parks, and Stuart Parks are honored to serve Joe’s family.


Memorial contributions may be given to Huntington’s Disease Society of America, 505 Eighth Avenue, Ste. 902, New York, NY 10018 or hdsa.org/how-you-can-help/donations.


Online condolences may be shared at www.murphyparks.com.




Original release

One man is dead from a Sunday night shooting in Shelby County.


The Shelby County Sheriff's Department released information about the incident that occurred about 9:40 pm Sunday.  The report of a shooting was at a residence in the 11000 block of North State Road 9.


Upon arrival Shelby County officers found a male, 39, deceased from a gunshot wound. There was a another male ,67,also at  the scene , who was suffering from injuries . That male was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


The Shelby County Sheriff's Department says they are not currently looking for anyone else involved. The incident is still under investigation at this time.